Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Microsoft Azure opens partner data centre in Canberra, Australia

Microsoft launched a new Azure region in Canberra, Australia.

The new Australia Central regions enable customers to deploy their own applications and infrastructure within Canberra Data Centres directly connected via Azure ExpressRoute to Microsoft’s global network. The services are provided in partnership with Australian-owned Canberra Data Centres and are specifically designed to address the requirements of the Australian and New Zealand governments and critical national infrastructure, including banks, utilities, transport and telecommunications.

Microsoft now offers Azure from three cities in Australia: Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra with connectivity to Perth, Brisbane and Auckland.

Vodafone sells its mobile towers in India to American Tower

Vodafone India completed the sale of its standalone tower business in India to ATC Telecom Infrastructure Private Limited (a unit of American Tower) for an enterprise value of INR 38.5 billion (EUR 478 million).

Vodafone India is merging with Idea. Both parties announced their intention to sell their individual standalone tower businesses to strengthen the combined financial position of the merged entity. Completion of Idea’s sale of its standalone tower business to ATC is also expected in the first half of this calendar year.

Completion of Vodafone+Idea merger is expected to complete in the first half of the current calendar year.

Spirent adds scale testing for the new TLS v1.3 encryption protocol

Spirent Communications has expanded the functionality of its CyberFlood and Avalanche solutions by adding performance and scale testing for the new TLS v1.3 encryption protocol.

The new functionality enables testing and stressing traffic capacities on TLS v1.3-enabled devices and endpoint applications.

TLS (transport layer security) enables secure communication between web browsers and servers on the Internet. TLS v1.3 is the latest version and is quickly becoming the de facto encryption standard.

“TLS v1.3 will ultimately improve security and privacy for Internet users; however, there is risk with new standards and new potential holes in customers’ security,” said David DeSanto, director of products and threat research at Spirent Communications. “With Spirent’s performance and scale testing of this bleeding edge cryptographic standard, customers can validate that they are securely deployed, that they can achieve their desired performance, and that they know where the skeletons are in their TLS v1.3 deployments. With this capability, Spirent is helping to secure the future of the connected world.”

Coriant names Senior VP of Global Sales Enablement

Coriant announced the promotion of Robert Shore to the role of Senior Vice President of Global Sales Enablement, where he will lead a global team driving the company’s ongoing transformation into a software-centric and multi-sided platform solutions provider in a new era of open ecosystem innovation. His responsibilities include global sales strategy, multi-sided platform partnerships, technical sales, systems engineering, network planning and design, product marketing, brand communications, and digital and social media marketing.

“I am thrilled to promote Rob to one of the most critical roles on my executive leadership team,” said Homayoun Razavi, Chief Customer Officer and Executive Vice President of Global Sales & Digital Marketing, Coriant. “Rob brings a wealth of customer-facing industry experience and solution expertise that will be instrumental as we expand the value we bring to our global customers with service-enabling software solutions and multi-side platform innovations spanning 5G, IoT, cloud, and the Industrial Internet.”

Coriant also announced new leadership appointments and roles under Shore that reinforce the Global Sales Enablement organization’s depth and breadth of industry knowledge, technical expertise and customer experience. The new appointments and roles include: Farshid Mohammadi, Vice President, Multi-Sided Platform Partner Program; Dr. Andreas Iselt, Director of Software Strategy; Bert Buescher, Vice President, Global Technical Sales; Russ Fordyce, Executive Director, Content Marketing & Solutions Promotion; Scott Larson, Vice President, Digital & Social Media Marketing; Bill Kautz, Director of Market Intelligence & Industry Analyst Relations; and Dr. Stefan Spaelter, Vice President of Global Technical Sales Support.

DeepScale attracts $15M for perception software

DeepScale, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, announced $15 million in Series A funding for its work in efficient deep learning perception software for use in mass-produced automated vehicles.

DeepScale said it is using efficient deep neural networks (DNNs) on small, low-cost, automotive-grade sensors and processors. The goal is to interpret and classify sensor data in real-time for automated vehicles.

"One of our core objectives is to drastically reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the road," said Forrest Iandola, co-founder and CEO of DeepScale. "The company's Series A funding will not only empower our engineering team to continue to make breakthroughs in automated driving safety, but will also help us attract the brightest talent in the industry to transform the future of transportation."

DeepScale says it has lined up a number of strategic partnerships with Tier 1 suppliers, OEMs and semiconductor suppliers to provide automated driving perception solutions, including Visteon and HELLA-Aglaia Mobile Vision GmbH, a major German automotive supplier.

The funding round was led by Point72 and next47. Additional Series A funding was provided by existing investor Autotech Ventures and Trucks Venture Capital. Previous seed investors included Andy Bechtolsheim, Ali Partovi, Lip-Bu Tan and Jerry Yang's AME Cloud Ventures.

Kingston intros consumer-grade PCIe NVMe SSD using 3D NAND

Kingston Digital introduced a line of entry-level consumer-grade PCIe NVMe SSD utilizing 3D NAND for notebooks and desktop. The drive is available in 240GB, 480GB and 960GB2 capacities,

The single-sided M.2 2280 (22mm x 80mm) form factor makes SSD features a Gen 3.0 x2 interface, 4-channel Phison 5008 controller, and 3D NAND Flash. It delivers 2x the performance of SATA SSDs with read/write speeds up to 1500MB/s and 1000MB/s.

Some key specs

Interface: PCIe NVMe Gen 3.0 x2 Lanes
Controller: Phison 5008
NAND: 3D TLC
Sequential Read/Write:

  • 240GB: up to 1,500/800MB/s
  • 480GB: up to 1,500/900MB/s
  • 960GB: up to 1,500/1,000MB/s

Random 4K Read/Write:

  • 240GB: up to 100,000/80,000MB/s
  • 480GB: up to 100,000/90,000MB/s
  • 960GB: up to 120,000/100,000MB/s

MTBF: 1 million hours

JetStream launches cross-cloud data management platform

JetStream Software, a start-up based in San Jose, California, emerged from stealth to introduce its cross-cloud data management platform.

The JetStream Cross-Cloud Platform promises a better way to support workload migration, resource elasticity, and business continuity across multi-cloud and multi-data center infrastructures. The company says its platform will provide “built for the cloud” data management capability in an all-software, hypervisor-integrated solution for multi-cloud, multi-data center operations. The platform will be designed to complement VMware-based cloud infrastructures offered by VMware Cloud Provider Partners and VMware Cloud on AWS. Beta testing is underway.

Jetstream was founded by CTO Serge Shats, CEO Tom Critser and President Rich Petersen, each of whom had been at FlashSoft Software, which was acquired by SanDisk in 2012.

http://www.jetstreamsoft.com

Riverbed's Jerry Kennelly steps down

Jerry M. Kennelly, who has served as CEO of Riverbed Technology since co-founding the company in 2002, is retiring.

Paul Mountford, who currently is Chief Sales Officer at Riverbed, will take over as CEO. Mountford joined Riverbed four years ago. Previously, he was CEO of Sentillian, a New York-based web intelligence startup focused on monitoring publicly shared content. Mountford's resume also includes 16 years at Cisco including running its Enterprise line of business.

“I’m extremely proud of what our team has built at Riverbed the last 16 years, growing from a start-up to a billion-dollar company serving 30,000 customers and every Forbes Global 100 company,” said Kennelly. “Riverbed is experiencing significant market momentum in today’s digital world, and I’ve never been more confident about the future of our company and opportunities ahead. After 40+ years in the tech industry, and with Riverbed in a strong position, the time is right for me to retire and hand the reins over to a proven leader in Paul Mountford. Paul has the experience, leadership capabilities, customer-focus, and passion to lead Riverbed through the next phase of growth while continuing to surpass our customers’ expectations.”

Cloudera posts quarterly revenue of $103M, up 42% yoy

Cloudera reported revenue was $103.5 million for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018, ended January 31, 2018, an increase of 42% from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Subscription revenue was $84.3 million, an increase of 50% from the year-ago period.

GAAP loss from operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $45.7 million, compared to a GAAP loss from operations of $61.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. Non-GAAP loss from operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was $16.6 million, compared to a non-GAAP loss from operations of $33.4 million in the year-ago period.

"It was a year of considerable accomplishment for Cloudera and our team. In our first few quarters as a public company, we introduced six major product offerings, completed a strategic acquisition, and delivered significant technological innovations -- with the open source community and also proprietary to our products," said Tom Reilly, chief executive officer at Cloudera. "Most enterprises are just embarking on their digital transformation journeys. In a rapidly evolving and disruptive market, we believe the investments we've made have us well-positioned to lead them on that journey."

Some highlights

  • Subscription revenue was up 50% year-over-year to $84.3 million
  • Non-GAAP subscription gross margin for the quarter was 86%, more than 200 basis points higher than the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017
  • Dollar-based net expansion rate was 136% for the quarter
  • International revenue grew 66% year-over-year
  • 32 net new Global 8000 customers added

Monday, April 2, 2018

IDC: Infrastructure sales for cloud data centers rises 27% in Q4 2017

Vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew 27.3% year over year in the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17), reaching $12.8 billion, according the latest International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker. For the full year 2017, the combined public and private cloud deployments continued the double-digit annual growth trend from past years with revenues reaching $43.4 billion for 21.7% year-over-year growth.

Public cloud infrastructure revenue has almost doubled in the past two years to $8.5 billion, growing 34.0% year over year in 4Q17. Private cloud revenue reached $4.3 billion for an annual increase of 15.7%. Total worldwide cloud IT infrastructure revenue in 2017 more than doubled when compared to 2013. The combined public and private cloud revenues now represent 42.2% of the total worldwide IT infrastructure spending, up from 39.3% a year ago. Traditional (non-cloud) IT infrastructure revenue grew 12.8% from a year ago, although it has been generally declining over the past several years; at $17.5 billion in 4Q17 it still represents 57.8% of total worldwide IT infrastructure spending.

"2017 finished strong for public cloud IT infrastructure growth, led by continued expansion by Amazon and renewed growth in Google and Facebook infrastructure," said Kuba Stolarski, research director for Computing Platforms at IDC. "While there has been high growth in all IT infrastructure segments lately, public cloud, led by the hyperscalers, has resulted in the largest share of infrastructure growth, which is expected to continue at this pace for at least a few more quarters."

  • Except for Latin America and Japan revenue, which grew 6.2% and 4.8% respectively from a year ago, all other regions in the world grew their cloud IT Infrastructure revenue by double digits. 
  • Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) saw the fastest growth rates at 59.0% and 34.1%, respectively. 
  • Canada (23.3%), Middle East & Africa (MEA) (27.5%) and USA (21.1%) had annual growth in the twenties, while Western Europe (16.6%) had annual growth in the teens.

Arista debuts 25G and 100G systems

Arista Networks introduced its new generation of 25G and 100G platforms for leaf and spine switching and routing and feature new capabilities for visibility, load balancing, network segmentation, and scale.

The fixed form factor Arista 7050X3 and 7260X3 Series platforms are based on the Broadcom Trident 3 and Tomahawk 2 chipsets running Arista EOS for rich automation and visibility.

Arista said it has been able to scale performance at a tenfold increase in just seven years, enabling versatile two-tier cloud networks.

Here is the line up.

7260CX3 supports up to 64 ports of 100G or 12.8Tbps with up to 4.2Bpps of packet forwarding in 2U and a 42MB packet buffer

7050X3 Series offers consistent features and innovations in two models:

  • The 7050CX3-32S is a compact 1U with 32 ports of 100G
  • The 7050SX3-48YC12 delivers high density 25G server and 100G uplinks


Pricing starts at under $800/100G port for the 64 x 100G system.

Huawei's R&D spending is at 17% of revenue

Huawei reported 2017 annual revenue was CNY603.6 billion (US$92.5 billion based on year-end exchange rates), an increase of 15.7% over 2016. Net profits were CNY47.5 billion (US$7.3 billion), an increase of 28.1% year-on-year.

Some highlights:

  • R&D spending reached CNY89.7 billion (US$13.8 billion), up 17.4% compared with 2016. 
  • The Carrier business group generated CNY297.8 billion (US$45.7 billion) in revenue, an increase of 2.5% year-on-year
  • The enterprise business generated CNY54.9 billion (US$8.4 billion) in annual revenue, an increase of 35.1% compared with 2016.
  • The consumer business group generated CNY237.2 billion (US$36.4 billion) in annual revenue, up 31.9% year-on-year.Huawei shipped a total of 153 million smartphones (including Honor) in 2017.
  • The Cloud business unit, which was set up in 2017 now offers 99 cloud services across 14 major categories, and over 50 solutions. 

"We're on a new journey," said Ken Hu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman. "Opportunities and challenges are popping up faster than ever before, and nonstop open innovation is the only way we can keep ahead of the game. Over the next 10 years, Huawei will continue to increase investment in technological innovation, investing more than 10 billion dollars back into R&D every year. We will actively pursue open collaboration, attract and cultivate top talent, and step up efforts in exploratory research. We want to better enable all industries to go digital and intelligent."

Hu added, "As we look to 2018, emerging technologies like the Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and 5G will soon see large-scale application. Throughout this process, Huawei will stay at the forefront of technological innovation and business transformation. More importantly, we will pay special attention to the practical challenges that our customers face as they go digital. Our job is to help them overcome these challenges and achieve business success. Ultimately, we aim to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world."

http://www.huawei.com/en/press-events/news

Zayo wins fiber-to-the-tower contract with U.S. mobile operator

Zayo announced a contract with a major wireless carrier to supply fiber-to-the-tower (FTT) to new macro towers in 30 markets across 21 states. The name of the carrier was not disclosed.

Zayo said the contract is an expansion of a deal September 2016 -- Zayo's largest mobile infrastructure contract to date.

The new agreement pertains to macro towers. Under other contracts, Zayo is deploying small cell infrastructure for this customer. In many cases, these are full turnkey implementations, including RF design, site acquisition, permitting and installation of equipment

“This undertaking is the result of a trusted relationship with the customer,” said Dan Caruso, chairman and CEO of Zayo. “As they continue to densify to meet the growing demand for bandwidth, dark fiber provides the optimal long-term solution.”

Mellanox interconnects NVIDIA's new DGX-2 AI box

Mellanox Technologies confirmed that its InfiniBand and Ethernet are used in the new NVIDIA DGX-2 artificial intelligence (AI) system.

NVIDIA's DGX-2, which delivers 2 Petaflops of system performance, is powered by sixteen GPUs and eight Mellanox ConnectX adapters, supporting both EDR InfiniBand and 100 GigE connectivity.

The embedded Mellanox network adapters provide overall 1600 gigabit per second bi-directional data throughout, which enables scaling up AI capabilities for building the largest Deep Learning compute systems.

"We are excited to collaborate with NVIDIA and to bring the performance advantages of our EDR InfiniBand and 100 gigabit Ethernet to the new DGX-2 Artificial Intelligence platform," said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. "Doubling the network throughput as compared to previous systems to provide overall bi-directional 1600 gigabit per second data speed enables the DGX-2 platform to analyze growing amounts of data, and to dramatically improve Deep Learning application performance."

Limelight and Akamai finally settle all legal disputes

Limelight Networks and Akamai Technologies have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding that settles all outstanding legal disputes between the parties. The parties also agreed to license certain patents to one another as part of the settlement. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Both companies specialize in digital content delivery.

“We are pleased to finally have these disputes behind us,” said Bob Lento, Limelight’s Chief Executive Officer. “We remain focused on our top strategic priorities, including customer satisfaction, employee growth and retention, and delivering superior returns to our shareholders.”

Qualys acquires software assets of 1Mobility, Singapore

Qualys, which specializes in cloud-based security and compliance, has acquired the software assets of 1Mobility, Singapore. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Qualys said the acquisition enables it to provide enterprises of all sizes with the ability to create and continuously update an inventory of mobile devices on all versions of Android, iOS and Windows Mobile in their environment; and to continuously assess their security and compliance posture, while quarantining devices that are compromised or out-of-compliance. It also allows Qualys to extend its PCI certification to mobile devices and to deliver a highly scalable Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution that permits the distribution of apps and security policies over the air (OTA) to corporate or employee-owned devices (BYOD).

"With the acquisition of 1Mobility, Qualys is uniquely positioned to provide visibility across on-premises, endpoints, cloud(s) and now mobile and IoT environments," said Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO, Qualys, Inc. "This is critical as companies are accelerating their digital transformation and looking at ways to consolidate their current security and compliance stack while expanding their mobile workforce. 1Mobility has built a comprehensive and well-architected technology that allows organizations to manage and secure mobile and IoT devices at scale, and we welcome them to the Qualys family."

Friday, March 30, 2018

FCC issues its order to speed rollout of 5G small cells

The Federal Communications Commission issued its expected order streamlining the wireless infrastructure siting review process to facilitate the deployment of 5G small cells. The order addresses the differences between large and small wireless facilities, and clarifies the treatment of small cell deployments. Specifically, the Order:

  • Excludes small wireless facilities deployed on non-Tribal lands from National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review,
  • concluding that these facilities are not “undertakings” or “major federal actions.” Small wireless facilities deployments continue to be subject to currently applicable
  • state and local government approval requirements.
  • Clarifies and makes improvements to the process for Tribal participation in Section 106 historic preservation reviews for large wireless facilities where NHPA/NEPA
  • review is still required.
  • Removes the requirement that applicants file Environmental Assessments solely due to the location of a proposed facility in a floodplain, as long as certain conditions are met.
  • Establishes timeframes for the Commission to act on Environmental Assessments.

Ajit Pai, FCC Chair, stated: "We take a giant leap forward in updating our wireless infrastructure rules.  By cutting unnecessary red tape, weíll make it substantially easier for carriers to build next-generation wireless networks throughout the United States.  That means faster and more reliable wireless services for American consumers and businesses.  That means more wireless innovation, such as novel applications based on the Internet of Things.  And ultimately, that means American leadership in 5G.  Specifically, we clarify today that small cells are inherently different from large towers.  So they shouldnít face identical regulatory review under the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act.  We also streamline the process for Tribal review notifications through our Tower Construction Notification System."

In dissent, Jessica Rsosenworcel, writes: "It is not a sure thing that the United States will lead the world in 5G wireless.  In fact, the available evidence is that weíre falling behind.  If we want to lead in 5G, we unconditionally need a spectrum auction this year.  South Korea, Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Romania are now leading the way with definitive plans for wireless auctions in 2018.  We do not do that here.  If we want to lead in 5G, we need policies to encourage deep fiber investments.  Our wireless facilities will need to be connected to millions of miles of fiber, requiring creative thinking about everything from permitting to securing access to rights of way.  We do not do that here.  If we want to lead in 5G, we need serious policies to address our equipment supply chain challenges.  That means developing a real plan rather than relying on opaque decisions issued from behind the closed doors of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.  We do not do that here.   If we want to lead in 5G, we need to modernize our approach to wireless infrastructure.  We need to streamline the process for the deployment of small cells because over the next eight years we will require as many as 800,000 of them.  Thatís daunting.  At the same time, we need to modernize our approach to larger wireless facilitiesóand thatís daunting, too.  A solution to this infrastructure challenge is long overdueóand while todayís decision purports to be oneóit misses the mark."

FCC approves SpaceX's NGSO Satellite System

The FCC voted authorized SpaceX to construct, deploy, and operate a proposed non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellite system comprising 4,425 satellites for the provision of fixed-satellite service (FSS) around the world. 

In July 2016, OneWeb was granted approval to build a similar constellation of MEO satellites.

Two months ago, SpaceX successfully launched the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) PAZ observation satellite on behalf of Hisdesat and two satellites of its own.  Tintin A & B are the first two demonstration satellites for SpaceX's planned Starlink broadband satellite service. Both were successfully deployed into polar orbit and are communicating with Earth stations.

In regulatory filing, SpaceX has revealed that its initial system will consist of 4,425 satellites operating in 83 orbital planes (at altitudes ranging from 1,110 km to 1,325 km).  The system will require associated ground control facilities, gateway earth stations, and end-user earth stations. The system will use Ka- and Ku-Band spectrum.  SpaceX has separately filed for authority to operate in the V-Band, where the company has proposed an additional constellation of 7,500 satellites operating even closer to Earth. To implement the system, SpaceX will utilise the availability of significantly more powerful computing and software capabilities.  On the launch broadcast for the PAZ satellite, SpaceX said quite a bit of development work remains ahead on its satellite constellation plans.

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